As I was sitting at an outside restaurant beside the boat docks in Newport Rhode Island earlier this year, enjoying a drink with my spouse and subtly people watching, I was admiring a large sailboat that was being boarded by a group of people that had chartered it for the evening. With boating and yachting being a huge part of our culture from coast to coast, I thought I would write about the clothing and accessories needed for the serious pseudo-sailor.
Aside from eyeglasses being a crucial item – check out http://www.glasses.com for some sweet deals – don’t forget the shoes. One name that always comes to mind when thinking about boating shoes is Sperry. The Sperry Topsider has been around for ages, but they have also evolved with the times. The Sperry “2 Eye Navy” still has the original white rubber sole with the navy leather upper and the leather laced grommets along the sides and the back. The topstitching matches the sole and the laces, while contrasting the dark leather nicely. This particular type is made in several different colors like brown, beige, and two-tone.
To go along with the Sperry shoes, you need to have a great wind and water resistant jacket. Helly Hansen makes a navy and cobalt blue men’s “Crew jacket” that is both water resistant and light, in order to keep the sea spray from soaking you, as well as keeping you from overheating while you are at the helm. The collar of the jacket zippers up totally and the pockets are also secured to keep your valuables where you want them. At $159.00, it is a favorite.
In order to complete your sailing outfit, Helly Hansen also offers a men’s “Hydro Power Short”. They have a trademarked 2-layer lined construction that is both water proof and light weight, so you can wear it over you regular shorts or on its own. This one can be your for $99.
Last, but not least, Tony Pryce has added an athletic style of footwear in their “Son-R Low” and “Unisex Submersible Boots”. They are made in fashionable colors, but will do their job of helping to keep your footing steady on slick surfaces. At $75 and $80 respectively, it is well worth the investment.